Alec Watson, JD ’23, was drawn to McGeorge School of Law because of the school’s trial advocacy program. U.S. News & World Report ranked the school’s trial advocacy program No. 16 in the nation in its 2022 Best Graduate Schools guide. The program is also one of only 11 in the country to receive an A+ rating from preLaw Magazine in 2022. This summer, Watson is working for the ACLU’s National Prison Project. Watson will get hands-on experience working on prison reform litigation. The National Prison Project works to end policies that have given the U.S. the highest incarceration rate in the world and to improve prison conditions.

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Blessing Nwamaka Aibor, ’23, decided to pursue an LLM in Transnational Business Practice at McGeorge School of Law to advance her career and gain experience working with the international legal system. Prior to her time at McGeorge School of Law, she practiced corporate commercial law in Nigeria for several years. Aibor said she has expanded her research skills and knowledge of the American education system while at McGeorge School of Law.

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Members of the Class of 2022 want to thank those who supported them throughout their law school journeys. From friends to colleagues to family members to faculty, the McGeorge School of Law Class of 2022 expressed their gratitude for those who helped make their dreams come true.

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Vanessa Adame, ’18, pursued a degree at McGeorge School of Law because she really wanted to get into policy, and she knew she needed a master’s degree to achieve that. The close proximity of the Capitol and the smaller campus were a few things that attracted her to McGeorge School of Law.

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MPP Program.

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Pacific McGeorge School of Law prepares students to capably manage the public sector processes and effectively implement public policy decisions. Katie Ramsey, ’19; Raina Ryan, ’20; and Max Huynh, ’21, discuss why they decided to get an MPA degree, what drew them to McGeorge, and how their MPA degree helped advance their careers.

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With a background in accounting, Milad Ryan Sefidpour (JD ’22) decided to pursue a law degree after taking some advice from his father, a solo practitioner. After shadowing him for a week, Milad fell in love with the direct client-to-client interaction, something he was not able to receive working in accounting. After graduating from law school, Milad will pursue an LLM in Taxation from NYU.

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Alex Pequinot’s passion for public policy led him to law school. Through McGeorge School of Law’s Legislative and Public Policy Clinic, Pequinot had the opportunity to work on a bill that was eventually signed into law by California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Pequinot views McGeorge’s location in California’s State Capitol as an significant advantage to law students finding employment post-graduation. He values McGeorge’s focus on community and the alumni network.

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Legislative and Public Policy Clinic.

Erinn Ryberg, ’13, knew that she always wanted to pursue policy and advocacy. She was drawn to McGeorge School of Law because of the school’s connection to the Capitol and California government. In this video, she talks about her time at McGeorge and her focus on externships and internships during law school.

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Capital Center for Law & Policy.

Rob Nash graduated from McGeorge School of Law in 2015. In this video, Nash discusses why McGeorge’s proximity to the California State Capitol appealed to him, the school’s alumni network, how professors helped him network with professionals in the Capital, and remaining close with friends from law school. Nash currently serves as State Government Affairs Counsel for American Family Insurance.

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Andy Marin is a second-year law student at McGeorge School of Law.

I got involved with the Immigration Law Clinic at McGeorge School of Law, largely because I wanted to continue gaining experience in immigration law. I had worked as an immigration paralegal for a year before coming to law school. My prior experience was specific to family-based immigration matters, and I wanted to gain exposure to other areas such as asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS).

I started at the Immigration Law Clinic during summer 2021, working on adjustment of status cases, and it was an incredible experience to have the ability to work on cases from the attorney’s perspective. In addition to working on cases I had prior experience with, I was fortunate to work on an asylum case, advise a consult about the impact of certain criminal convictions on his case, and provide consultations to individuals who might qualify for SIJS.

The Clinic has helped me to develop a variety of important skills such as organization, legal research and writing, and client interviewing. Being organized is an incredibly important skill to have because immigration is complex, constantly changing, and often varies from tight deadlines to a years-long wait. Patience with the process is also important.

Being in the Clinic has also provided me with the ability to practice legal research and writing, especially because of the asylum case I worked on. The client is in removal proceedings and must present his case to an immigration judge. Preparing his brief involved me using the skills I learned in Global Lawyering Skills in a real-world context to prepare the client’s legal argument, and research the relevant case law to do so. The Clinic has also provided me with the skills to meet with clients to discuss their cases and competently evaluate whether they qualify for some form of immigration relief.

The Immigration Clinic has been a wonderful experience, and it has solidified my desire to continue in immigration law after law school. I am passionate about immigration law because being first-generation of Mexican ancestry, immigration issues loom large in my family’s history. Most recently, a close relative is currently in removal proceedings. This knowledge guides me to do my utmost to advocate for my clients.

A central reason I came to McGeorge School of Law was because of the Immigration Law Clinic. The ability to gain immediate practice experience while in law school has been eye-opening. Classes are often very theoretical and focused on the doctrines you need to be an attorney. The Clinic, however, allows you to apply everything you learn in classes in a real-world setting. For example, the research and legal writing skills from Global Lawyering Skills were very appreciated when I was busy writing a brief for my client’s asylum case. Being in the clinic has been the highlight of my law school career, and I’m always recommending it to other students. It has been an experience that has given me the confidence to go out and continue advocating on behalf of this community.

By Andy Marin, a second-year law student at McGeorge School of Law.